Living in Niagara – 2017 Quality of Life Report Released

On Tuesday, November 28th, 2017 350 community members attended the 16th annual Niagara Community Foundation Leaders Breakfast and helped to celebrate the launch of the Living in Niagara – 2017 quality of life report. The Living in Niagara – 2017 report aims to support evidence-informed planning in the Niagara context by offering data to guide research and focused decision-making in the Niagara context.

Every 3 years, Niagara Connects facilitates construction of the report, by combining relevant, reliable, Niagara-focused data with knowledge shared by hundreds of people working on the front lines in and across the 12 Living in Niagara Sectors:

  • Arts, Culture and Heritage
  • Community Belonging
  • Crime, Safety and Security
  • Economic Prosperity
  • Environment
  • Health and Wellness
  • Housing and Shelter
  • Learning and Education
  • People Getting Started
  • Recreation and Sports
  • Transportation and Mobility
  • Work and Employment

The 2017 edition is the fourth Living in Niagara report; the first one was released in 2008. The report, its 12 Sectors, and its companion tool, niagaraknowledgeexchange.com (NKE) are described, built and owned by the Niagara-wide community. These tools are cornerstones in building a culture in Niagara of using Niagara-focused data, information, and knowledge to plan for a stronger future.

The Living in Niagara – 2017 report and supporting data can be found at: www.livinginniagarareport.com

Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network of people working together to plan, learn, innovate and lead community action toward a stronger future for Niagara. Beginning in December, our community blog series will celebrate the successes of our community and highlight action themes that emerged in this report across each of the 12 Living in Niagara sectors.

If you are interested in learning more about how the data in the Living in Niagara 2017 report can help inform and strengthen your organization’s Niagara-focused planning, please reach out!

Mary Wiley
Executive Director
Niagara Connects
ed@niagaraconnects.ca

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Niagara Knowledge Exchange & Community Calendar

Feb
25
Sun
The Willow Community Member Art Show @ Mahtay Cafe
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Come and check out some awesome artwork from The Willow Community. Opening reception will be held from 2-4 pm in the Community Room at Mahtay Cafe.

This is a great opportunity to celebrate art, diversity, community, and have some conversations.

The Willow Community is a nonprofit arts organization that provides free art classes to people with lived experience of mental health and/or addictions in the Niagara Region. Visit www.thewillowcommunity.com to learn more.

Feb
26
Mon
Not-For-Profit Executive Forum 2018 @ Hyatt Regency Toronto
Feb 26 – Feb 27 all-day

As a progressive leader in your NFP, you are looking to make an impact for your organization. At the forum you will learn to embrace and harness the power of change to become stronger in the face of social, political and digital disruption. This year, CPA Canada has specifically tailored content for both charitable and not-for-profit organizations to speak to your unique needs as an organization. They will also provide updates in technical areas such as accounting standards, taxation and legal compliance to round off your skills as a senior leader.

Don’t miss Canada’s premier national not-for-profit event.

Can’t make it to Toronto? Attend the forum virtually from your desktop or tablet. Save $100 off registration and cut travel costs, without diminishing your access to expertise.

Topics include:

  • navigating and embracing change
  • key updates from the Accounting Standards Board
  • compliance and tax updates
  • harnessing the power of emerging technology and data
  • presenting financial information to your board
  • social enterprise
  • succession planning

This event is hosted by CPA Canada.

Feb
27
Tue
Bill 148 – Fair Workplaces and Better Jobs Act: Better Business Practices Series @ ECCDC - Conference Room
Feb 27 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Bill 148 the Fair Workplaces & Better Jobs Act has been passed and has come into force on January 1, 2018. The Act has a significant number of changes to the Employment Standards Act (ESA) that will affect all workplaces in Ontario including Child Care Organizations.

This informal interactive seminar will provide Organizations with an opportunity to assess the potential impact this legislation may have on your Organization.

Facilitators Asha Rampersad from Bernardi HR Law will be present to answer many of your legal questions about how to best manage your child care regarding the proposed labour reforms.

Terri Carr and Joy Lerman from TJ Solutions have worked all over Southern Ontario for more than 15 years. Their focus is on providing seminars and solutions in managing your child care/family resource organizations.

This seminar is hosted by ECCDC.

Engineering Effective Events @ Online
Feb 27 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Event marketing strategies leave a lasting, brand-focused impression by grabbing the attention of a group of people who are gathered together, creating a sense of belonging and community and forwarding your organization’s mandate.

If executed professionally and successfully, event marketing will provide attendees (partners, donors and supporters) with an experience that will resonate in their minds for months, if not years, to come.

In this webinar, you’ll learn how to turn your event into the must-attend occasion on your community’s social calendar while adding significant value to your brand, operations and bottom line.

Presenters will use case studies to run you through developing the initial concept, thematic devices, venue, MC and speakers, entertainment, food, venue decoration, audio/video, set-up and teardown and attendee (and sponsor) follow-up.

This webinar is hosted by the Sustainability Network.

Feb
28
Wed
Mental Health in the Workplace: The Duty and Benefits of Accommodating Employees with Disabilities @ Online
Feb 28 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Everyone has the right to equal treatment in employment and cannot be discriminated against on the basis of actual or perceived disability. Accommodation is a way of helping employees work more effectively by overcoming limitations caused by disabilities, including mental illnesses.

Changes in labour law, occupational health and safety, employment standards, workers compensation, and human rights decisions are all pointing in the need for employers to provide a psychologically safe workplace.

Join in as guest speakers unpack these developments and share what employers need to know and do to support their employees in realizing their potential and contributing to their workplace and broader community.

This webinar is hosted by the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

Supporting International Students: Campus Mental Health @ Online
Feb 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Many international students do not readily seek mental health supports, despite facing multiple challenges in their transition to a new country and educational system.

This webinar will look at some of the barriers to access, including stigma of mental health issues, differing cultural perceptions of the definitions, causes, and handling of mental health, and a lack of awareness of supports offered on and off campus.

Presenters will discuss ways to overcome these barriers while taking into account the cross-campus collaborations needed to enhance support for international students.

Presenters:

  • Ali Dohadwala, International Student Counsellor at George Brown College.
  • Ashley Sullivan, Manager of International Student Integration and Support at George Brown College.
  • Nadia D’Lima, International Student Services Manager at Centennial College.

This webinar is hosted by the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health.

Application Deadline: Niagara Connects Call for Board Members @ Online
Feb 28 @ 5:00 pm

Niagara Research and Planning Council (operating as Niagara Connects) is seeking new Board Members. Niagara Connects is a Niagara-wide network for collaboration, planning, learning, innovation and community action toward a stronger future for Niagara.

Mission: “Generating knowledge that drives community action”.

Guiding Principles:

  • Community strengths, research, and evidence are linked in order to plan for a stronger Niagara
  • Different interests are engaged to work together mobilizing for change; and
  • Research and activities are guided by communities.

Applicants should be prepared to:

  • Actively engage in supporting Niagara Connects’ mission and mandate within the community of Niagara
  • Have some flexibility to attend Board and committee meetings during business hours
  • Attend regularly-scheduled meetings of the Board
  • Work diligently to complete Board-related activities and projects
  • Participate on committees of the Board as appropriate

Click here for more information about Niagara Connects, application guidelines, and submission instructions.

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